Sri Lanka survived Shahid Afridi’s finest innings and Shoaib Akhtar on comeback through some desperate fielding and lovely bowling from Lasith Malinga. The batsmen before Afridi seemed either incompetent of or uninterested in the chase, the batsmen with him seemed intent on running themselves out, his cramp-induced groans could be heard through the stump microphone, he hobbled the last 17 of his runs, and he had taken Pakistan from 32 for 4 to within 39 of the target when Kumar Sangakkara produced a catch for the ages. Malinga, coming back into ODI cricket, then produced a lethal three-over spell inside the batting Powerplay to wipe the tail off much in the fashion Pakistanis are used to doing with others.
Match MeterPakistan Shoaib Akhtar is back: He huff and puffs through his spell, but bowls fast and accurate four overs for 11 runs and one wicket at the top of the innings.
Sri Lanka Jayawardene and Sangakkara rebuild: With the openers gone cheaply, Sri Lanka’s two best batsmen bring their side back adding a workman-like 83.